The lovely bed and breakfasts of New Jersey offer travelers a wealth of different vacation options, perfect for stays ranging from a quick overnight getaway to a honeymoon, elopement, or anniversary package or even a longer retreat that allows you to profoundly relax and renew. Here are just a few of the remarkable properties chosen by Select Registry – each and every one with its own distinctive flavor and aesthetic to give you a unique and memorable stay any season of the year.
19th-Century Elegance in Cape May
At the Mainstay Inn, a 19th-century leisure getaway turned bed and breakfast haven, you can take a step back in time with a weekend steeped in Victorian charm. Original antiques, 14-foot-high ceilings and an inviting seaside atmosphere make this a unique location. The main portion of the inn is joined to a separate cottage by a brick walkway that winds through a beautiful Victorian garden with a fountain. Soak up the atmosphere, and take a side trip to the tranquil Cape May State Park, located nearby at the tip of this sylvan peninsula.
The Fairthorne, a 1892 historic whaling captain’s home in the colonial revival style evokes a bygone era yet offers a modern take on the leisurely lifestyle once enjoyed by only the very top echelon of society. Imagine enjoying a morning cup of coffee or glass of wine at sunset in the screened outdoor gazebo. By day you can enjoy all the best of Cape May, a picturesque beach town full of sandy white beaches, birding, theater, lighthouses and gourmet dining. Several lovely packages are available to make the visit here even more special and relaxing.
The Humphrey Hughes House, located in the heart of Cape May’s main historic district, is another of its most gracious historic gems. With a large wraparound veranda filled with rocking chairs, surrounded by exquisite views and colorful gardens, it’s a beautiful place to call home in this charming seaside community.
The Peter Shields Inn is an exceptional find in Cape May. Exquisitely manicured lawns and Doric columns form its stately entrance, with enticing terraces on either side. Exceptional dining and fireside relaxation are the hallmarks of the experience here, making this inn a truly peaceful and discerning place to stay in any season of the year.
The name says it all; the Queen Victoria has built a reputation as one of the country’s best-known bed and breakfast inns, and it has retained its majestic elegance and delightful ambiance for decades. With noble fencing, a rooftop sundeck and carefully-tended gardens on the exterior, and regal decor on the interior, characterized by fine antiques, handmade quilts, and thoughtful extras, the Queen Victoria has created a warm and inviting setting you’ll want to return to time and again.
Seaside Delights at the Candlelight Inn
Its evocative name tells you much about its transporting and romantic atmosphere; the Candlelight Inn, in beautiful Wildwood, NJ, just up the peninsula from Cape May, is a charming Queen Anne Victorian home that transports lovers to a peaceful place where you can concentrate on enjoying the time together rather than the distractions of the day.
Nearby are wonderful activities such as the beach boardwalk, swimming, surfing and tanning; or in the bay you can go kayaking and canoeing amidst tranquil waters. In cooler weather, you may enjoy quiet walks along the beach or along the seawall that extends along the Hereford Inlet or discovering treasures in the many antiques shops surrounding the area. To take advantage of the historical sights, visit the nearby Cape May and Hereford Inlet lighthouses, the newly restored WWII tower, or the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Say cheers with your sweetheart at one of the area’s excellent various wineries or the Cape May Brewery.
Serenity and Simplicity along the Delaware River
Come discover the remarkable beauty of the serene and simple rural lifestyle. The National Geographic Traveler captured the essence of the Woolverton Inn by describing it simply as “what civilized country living is about.” You’ll only truly understand once you set foot in this lovingly preserved 1792 stone manor, surrounded by 300 acres of rolling farmland and forest, perched above the Delaware River.
All the more remarkable is that while this luxurious getaway seems a million miles away from the stresses of cities and daily living, it is conveniently located just minutes from the many events and activities in the New Hope and Lambertville communities. The Inn features a number of individually appointed rooms and suites, each carefully designed to surround you with comfort and tranquility.
Gracious Relaxation at the Lambertville House
History lovers will adore the unique setting of the Lambertville House Hotel, which has been welcoming discerning guests and dignitaries since 1812. As a listing of the National Registry of Historic Places, this gracious retreat has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award of Excellence not once, not twice – but for the last 14 years. Its European-inspired design features 24 beautifully appointed guest rooms in both the Main Hotel and the two intimate Carriage House rooms. The Lambertville House Hotel is an exceptional location from which to explore the historic and picturesque Bucks County area, as well as New Hope, PA and Princeton, NJ.
Natural Beauty and Luxury at the Whistling Swan Inn
This 1905 manor home exudes turn-of-the-century charm, romance and warmth that will ensure a lovely and memorable stay with a special someone. Nestled in the picturesque Skylands area, the Whistling Swan Inn features luxurious modern conveniences combined with old world charm.
Envision yourself enjoying a beautiful breakfast some sunny morning out on the gracious wraparound veranda; taking a day to enjoy a hike on one the many beautiful local trails, parks and forests; and coming back to a sumptuous glass of wine and selection of chocolates enjoyed from the comfort of your en-suite jacuzzi. The Whistling Swan, located just an hour and a half by convenient train from Manhattan, is truly a place to relax and rejuvenate.
Enjoy a Sylvan Retreat at the Wooden Duck Inn
Hidden away on ten verdantly-wooded acres in the gently rolling hills of rural Sussex County, this beautiful inn is a perfect place to completely disconnect from the stress and strain of urban life. Natural beauty and stillness surrounds you – replete with horses, sheep and various other fauna and flora. Relax in comfort, unwind in luxury, and take advantage of the gracious hospitality of a simpler time and place.
Select Registry offers a superlative range of beautiful bed and breakfast locations across New Jersey that are perfect for a calm and re-energizing getaway. Contact us today for more information on these exceptional properties!